18-Day Compost – the Appliance of Science

Composting puts carbon back where it belongs – in our soils! You may have got beyond the ‘heave it in and hope’ stage of composting, but the average heap or bin still involves a lot of trial and error. This 18-day compost system takes the guesswork out of your heap and turbo-charges the whole process. But, it does require consistent effort for two weeks and careful monitoring to work properly. […]

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Shell Shock and Delta Blues

Click for larger view Courtesy: Throbgoblins While the US and UK concentrates most of its oil warriors in the middle east it’s easy to forget the struggle that goes on and on for the black gold of Nigeria. Both place and people continue to suffer, and Gordon Brown has sent in some professional help to deal with those pesky locals. The rush to keep it cheap and keep it burning […]

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Kitchen Garden Segment from “Establishing a Food Forest” DVD

Our new Food Forest DVD is almost complete. We’ll let you know as soon as this is finalised and available for sale, but in the meantime, here’s another teaser (see previous promo) – this time with Geoff walking amongst the great food diversity to be found in the kitchen garden at Zaytuna Farm, host site of The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.

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Permaculturist Wanted – for Uganda

A great opportunity for growing food and teaching permaculture alongside about 300 children’s big smiles, songs and dances in south-western Uganda Are you planning to travel to Africa? And do you like a challenge? If so, then we would welcome you for six to twelve months as ‘permie in residence’ at our Sabina Children’s Home. Here’s a taste of what we offer: Rakai Primary School and Home for Children has […]

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Efficient Glasshouse Design

A well designed glasshouse can serve many functions and be an extremely productive element in a permaculture system. It creates a self-contained environment in which the designer can modify conditions of heat, light, water and air for a variety of benefits. High value crops can be grown out of their normal climatic range or produced out of season, growing seasons can be extended by starting seedlings of annual plants early, […]

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Retrofitting Tips

Reprinted from ‘Earth-User’s Guide to Permaculture’ Most of us are stuck with the house we live in. What can we do to improve it? Here is a checklist of ways to retrofit a home and some good ideas to make life more comfortable. TOO HOT IN SUMMER Insulate ceiling Pergola and vines Deciduous trees Shady verandahs Breezeways/corridors Solar fans Cool air tunnels Deciduous creepers Shadehouse with plants

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The Permaculture Research Institute Signs MoU with Muslim Aid Australia

Geoff Lawton and Iman S.I. Partoredjo signing the MoU at the historically significant location of Botany Bay As yet another sign of the growing recognition of permaculture’s crucial role in helping restore health and sustainability to both land and communities, the Permaculture Research Institute is pleased to announce we have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Muslim Aid Australia, with the intention of pooling resources and knowledge to […]

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Permaculture Project Aid Worker Training Camp – November 2008

I’m sure not a few of you are keeping tabs on the current state of affairs in the world. Today the price of oil jumped yet again – it’s now sitting on $146 p/barrel. Of course, everything produced that’s dependent on oil for its production and/or distribution (um… that’s just about everything) is going up as well – most significantly, food. If peak oil adherents are correct, and these now […]

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Dynamic Seed Exchanges for the World

Exchanging seeds and other planting material, formally and informally, is nothing new. This is how societies have been adding new food, fibres and medicines to their cultures over centuries. Every culture has incorporated new genes and foreign varieties into their own strains. In developing countries, formal seed exchanges are either proven ancient seed systems or have been re-invented to counteract the damaging effects of the Green Revolution. Millions of farmers […]

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BBC World debate “Food – Who Pays the Price?”

The following 46 minute BBC World debate is well worth a watch. There are some interesting characters involved in the debate, each representing a different view on the present food crisis. Central to the discussion is whether large scale industrial agriculture can help the poor, or whether it will merely continue to oppress them. For what it’s worth, if you want my take on the issue, take a peek at […]

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